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Servant - Season 1

The series stars Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint as the four central characters. It is produced for Apple TV+ and debuted on November 28, 2019. The series has received critical acclaim. Ahead of the premiere, Apple renewed Servant for a second season, which premiered on January 15, 2021.[3] In December 2020, ahead of the second season premiere, the series was renewed for a third season.[4] The third season premiered on January 21, 2022. The fourth and final season premiered on January 13 and concluded on March 17, 2023.

Servant - Season 1

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Leanne has nightmares of the night she was attacked by members of the Church of Lesser Saints. Dorothy comes into her room and is happy that Leanne is now making an effort at opening herself up more. Sean has started praying, much to the chagrin of his wife who thinks that Sean is wasting his time in "throwing the Lord down their son's throat." She prepares for the dinner party for Sean's minister friend Nancy while Sean hears yet another call from the producers of Gourmet Gauntlet. Dorothy is delighted and tries to get Sean to accept the time on the cooking show. Julian, however, reminds Sean that the last time he had left to be on that show had cost them Jericho; that accepting would unmistakably wake Dorothy up from her "sleeping beauty" routine. Checking the security cameras, Dorothy sees the attack and confronts Leanne as to why she kept her in the dark about such a horrifying experience; certain it was the cult.When Nancy finally does come, Leanne is surprisingly rude and indifferent towards her. Sean has prepared several fish dishes, having forgotten that Nancy is vegan. Dorothy arrives with baby Jericho, and notices Leanne's leg shaking due to her nervousness of their guest's presence. As they eat, Nancy brings up the time Sean was on the show "last season" which Dorothy, of course, has blocked out of her mind as it was the time she had found Jericho dead. Sean and Julian cover up her confusion under the pretense that Dorothy has "the worst memory whenever she even gets a bit jealous" and even had "forgotten her own brother's birthday three times". Leanne continues to antagonize Nancy by claiming that God would not fix her because of what she had done. Humiliated, Nancy leaves and demands that Sean stay away from her. Julian had found out that Nancy had attacked her own aging mother, who was afflicted with dementia, in 2012.

Dorothy hires two live-in nurses to accelerate her recovery and protect her from Leanne. One of them, Roberta, is a spiritual medium who conducts a séance to help Dorothy finally heal by beginning to accept what has happened to her and move forward. It is during this ritual that Bobbie hears a baby (Jericho) crying, wondering why no one comes to help him. Leanne presents the dagger that she procured in the third season and attacks Bobbie under the assumption she is hiding scars as proof of flogging by the Church.

On February 27, 2018, it was announced that Apple Inc. had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Tony Basgallop who also wrote for the series and executive produced it alongside M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Steve Tisch. Production companies involved with the show include Blinding Edge Pictures, Escape Artists, and Dolphin Black Productions.[7][8][9] Mike Gioulakis served as the series' cinematographer.[10] On October 3, 2019, it was reported that the series was scheduled to be released on November 28, 2019.[11] Ahead of the series premiere, on November 22, 2019, it was announced that Apple had renewed the series for a second season which is set to premiere on January 15, 2021.[3][12] On December 15, 2020, ahead of the second season premiere, Apple renewed the series for a third season.[4] On December 14, 2021, ahead of the third season premiere, Apple renewed the series for a fourth and final season.[13]

Shyamalan stated that he originally envisioned the series to stretch for 60 half-hour episodes, or six seasons, but he ultimately planned the show to be four seasons with 40 episodes in total.[14][15]

The first season of Servant was filmed in Philadelphia from November 2018 to March 2019. Exterior scenes took place in Philadelphia's Center City near Spruce and 21st Streets. A set for the interior of the Turner home was built in a former paint factory in Bethel Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[19][20] Italian chef Marc Vetri served as a food consultant for the cooking scenes in season one.[14]

In March 2020, Apple TV+ shut down production of season two due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] In September 2020, production resumed to finish the four remaining episodes of season two.[22] Philadelphia chef Drew DiTomo was the food consultant for season two, spending many days making pizzas and teaching the cast to make the pizzas that served as the basis for Cheezus Crust, the fictional pizza delivery company that Sean and Dorothy created during the season.[23]

The first season of Servant premiered on Apple TV+ on November 28, 2019, and ran for ten episodes until January 17, 2020. Ahead of the first season premiere, Apple renewed the show for a second ten-episode season, which premiered on January 15, 2021.[3] In December 2020, ahead of the second season premiere, the series was renewed for a third season.[4] The third season premiered on January 21, 2022.[27] In December 2021, ahead of the third season premiere, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season.[13] The fourth and final season premiered on January 13, 2023.[28]

For the first season, the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 84% approval rating with an average score of 7.2/10, based on 61 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though Servant's slithering mystery often wanders into dark, crowded corners, its claustrophobic atmosphere and powerful performances build enough tension to keep viewers hooked."[30] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 for the season, based on reviews from 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[31]

For the third season, Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with an average score of 6.7/10, based on 12 reviews.[34] Metacritic assigned a score of 73 out of 100 based on four critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[35]

For the fourth and final season, Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average score of 7.7/10, based on 15 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Servant's devotion to gothic absurdity pays off handsomely in a confident final season, with this singular series ending on a note of characteristically wry disquiet."[36] Metacritic assigned a score of 82 out of 100 based on seven critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[37]

The first season was designed to primarily tell stories within the house. Do you plan to continue that in Season 2, or will the search for the baby, and the cult, force them out more?

Are we all on the same page now? At the end of the Servant season 1 finale, released Friday on Apple TV+, Dorothy Turner (Lauren Ambrose) finally came face-to-face with the doll version of her late son, Jericho. At the very same time that her husband, Sean (Toby Kebbell), finally accepted the possibility that their son had miraculously been returned to them, the infant was snatched away again, leaving the doll in his place. EW caught up with writer and creator Tony Basgallop to talk over the season 1 finale and what it means going into season 2.

To go back to the Turners, their responses in the opening moments of Season 2 also signal that this season doesn't really know what to do with itself. It's clear this season will be focused on finding Jericho and subsequently investigating the nature of his transformation from inanimate doll to living, breathing human. But the season feels split down the middle when it comes to its approach to telling that story. There are moments when the season leans into doing things like Dorothy: Whizzing around, grasping for answers where there seem to be none, acting erratically and passionately with a recklessly single-minded focus. To Ambrose's credit as an actor, it is easy to empathize with Dorothy's behavior in the wake of what she believes is her son's kidnapping. But it's also extremely frustrating because some of the decisions she makes have a serious and incredible impact on the course of the story; sometimes, you just want to shake her awake.

Sean and Dorothy repeated clashes over the best approach to find their son and get answers about Leanne lead to Servant cracking under the weight of its narrative ambitions. How Servant wants to tell its story and the kind of pacing it chooses to utilize will fatigue viewers. And make no mistake: the problems lie with the construction of the story. Every actor is dialed in and giving us a strong, complex performance with clear psychological and emotional motivation. (Among the many great things Servant does this season is give Grint more to do. You wouldn't think it, based on his Ron Weasley days, but Grint is pretty damn great playing Dorothy's privileged, superficial prick of a brother.)

Jericho's gone and we see Leanne leaving the home with her things and a balloon, seemingly as a memento of the christening and last happy memory as an unofficial member of the Turner household. The sinister air of the cult is magnified even more as we witness several people greeting her outside, including George, May and all the professionals. We don't know how deep this group runs, or how they've been manipulating the Turners, but it's terrifying to see Leanne's returned as a servant of their mission.

This article about Season 1 of the drama Servant was originally published on March 25, 2019 and updated on May 4, 2021 following the release of the season on Apple TV+. Read on for the original article, with some new changes to reflect the latest updates on this topic. 041b061a72


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